Frigid temperatures keep plumbers busy
Andy Simmons Staff Writer
Record low temperates in LaGrange has kept local plumbing businesses busy fixing frozen pipelines.
“We have serviced at least 20 people,” said Alex Beall of Beall’s Plumbing, who claims that the phone lines have been quite busy the past couple of hours.
“We received about 50 calls yesterday but can only service so many at a time.”
Technicians have been out and about around the city trying to service frozen pipelines, which has been the result of subfreezing temperatures caused by a cold front that has hit the area.
Beall offered some advice in order to help prevent such problems from occurring, such as letting a little water flow through the pipes overnight, disconnecting the hose from it’s main source, and leaving the heat on as well as insulating the pipes.
“Covering holes in attics to prevent wind elements from entering the house is useful as well,” Beall said.
Darrell Thrower of Ferguson Waterworks advised that if a water pipe is frozen, it should be handled immediately before it de-thaws.
“When everything thaws out is when people will have the most problems,” Thrower said.”The best thing to do is to insulate the pipes.”
Plumbing services, however, haven’t been the only ones who have been busy these past couple of days.
Jackson Heating and Air have had all hands on deck as well regarding heating unit issues.
“We had 15 people on service yesterday from early in the morning until late at night and had over 100 people serviced,” said Wanda Webb of Jackson Heating and Air.
“When it’s this cold, a lot of these heating pumps aren’t designed for this kind of weather. A lot of them don’t have heat, so we have to service those people first.”
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